Other measures show a slight uptick for Obama. Despite a stagnant approval rating on the issue, more voters trust Obama to handle the economy (47 percent) than trust congressional Republicans (36 percent). Republicans had a one-point lead on that question in pre-bin Laden polling. But Republicans still hold a two-point edge on who would better handle the federal budget deficit -- an issue that could dominate the months ahead.
Obama's re-election numbers also improved slightly. Now, 46 percent of voters say he deserves re-election, while 42 percent say he does not. That is up from a 45 percent-48 percent split in pre-bin Laden polling, and his all-time low recorded in late March of 41 percent-50 percent.
Quinnipiac conducted two separate surveys. The first was conducted April 26-May 1; 1,409 registered voters were surveyed, for a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent. The second survey was conducted Monday and Tuesday, surveying 834 registered voters. Those results carry a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.